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WC Rodeo Reps head to Wyoming for National Finals

It's as regular as rain in Seattle or heat in a Texas summer.

For a 13th consecutive season, Weatherford College (WC) will be represented at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming.
Garrett Jacobs qualified in tie-down roping and Brogan Macy advanced in barrel racing. The CNFR is June 9-17.

"I feel very fortunate to be making a 13th trip to the CNFR," said Weatherford College Coach Johnny Emmons.
"It is not easy to make it there out of the Southwest Region, the toughest and largest of the NIRA (National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association). Garrett and Brogan are very competitive and very deserving of their qualification."

Macy, a freshman from Post, is the second barrel racer from WC to qualify for nationals, doing so by finishing third in the region. Amber Porter was the first qualifier in 2005.

"There were an average of 150 barrel racers at each of our regional rodeos, and for Brogan to have won two rodeos and place at two others was just outstanding, especially considering she did not have her No. 1 horse available for three of our rodeos," Emmons said.

Macy is a four-time barrel racing state qualifier. Her brother, Aaron, was a member of the first and only full WC team to qualify for the CNFR, doing so in 2014.

"It is even more special to be following in his footsteps, Brogan said. "I couldn't have done it without my great coach, Johnny Emmons, my parents, my amazing barrel horse U2, my sponsors and God.

"Being only the second girl to qualify is extremely gratifying and a major confidence booster."

Jacobs, a freshman tie down roper from Lemitar, New Mexico, is a former national high school champ. He came through in the clutch under pressure at the regular season's final rodeo at Tarleton as qualifying came down to the last run of the event.

He had to have a time of 8.8 to qualify. He posted the fastest run of the entire rodeo with a 7.9.

"Qualifying for the finals this year was a big step I feel like for me," Jacobs said. "I feel like I am competing in one of the toughest regions and to succeed as a freshman is a really humbling feeling.

"Johnny Emmons couldn't be a better coach."

Jacobs also won the 2015 New Mexico steer wrestling state championship and was a three-time high school finals qualifier.

Emmons said both are confident heading into the CNFR, and he is confident of them.

"I feel like both of these guys have a great chance of winning a national title," he said. "They are both outstanding athletes with national competition experience under their belt, and I am excited and looking forward to what they can do in Casper."

Athletes qualified by finishing in the top three of their respective Southwest Region event standings after 10 regular-season rodeos.

by Rick Mauch